Friday, 22 July 2011


For those of you feeling the heat this summer....

"Sommerloch" or "Summer break" is the title of this picture by Bill C. Ray.  He's from Alaska but moved to live in Berlin in Germany when he was in his thirties.

The person who sent me the card wrote out a poem by Josef Guggenmos, a famous German children's author, because her home town Ludwigsberg is considered to be the cradle of poets and thinkers.
Der Eisbär
Der Eisbär prustet und erklimmt
Den Eisberg, der im Wasser schwimmt
Und schreitet, groß und stark und weiß
Durch den Palast aus grünem Eis.

The polar bear snorts and climbs
The iceberg, floating in the water,
And walks, big and strong and white
Through the palace of green ice.

It does seem to fit the picture (minus the polar bear) but my translation could be off mark so I'm happy to be corrected.

This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday, which is hosted by Beth Niquette at The Best Hearts are Crunchy.


  1. Perfect poem for the picture - and a great reprieve from the heat. I love that the German for Polar Bear is Ice Bear. I think I'll call them that from now on.

  2. I'll take the idea of cold! Thank you! Pretty card. Happy PFF!

  3. With temps over 100 we can use anything to get our minds of the heat.

  4. Yes, A very refreshing picture. We have been experiencing record setting temperatures all week. Yesterday reached almost 36C. eeks.

  5. Perfect poem for the weather. The heat lately is excruciating. Thanks for sharing this lovely post.

  6. Nice bluish-green image.
    I found the missing bears:

  7. Nice postcard!
    The longer I look at it, the cooler it gets. Over here in Cambodia we are also experiencing extremely hot weather, very unusual as it's already the rainy season.

    Enjoy your weekend, Sheila. Did you see any Tour de France cyclists the past two weeks? My husband is following it on TV :)

    Postcards Crossing

  8. Nice postcard!Interesting one^_^

    Happy PFF!

  9. Beautiful card with a nice translation of the poem.

    Happy PFF!

  10. With our scroching heat of summer, this ice is a very refreshing sight to behold. :)

    Thanks for visiting my Postcard Friendship Friday


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